Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned with its second episode on Tuesday night, continuing the story of Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team of specialists as they try to take down a mysterious villain and world-threating object.

Coulson and company head off to Peru to begin an in-depth investigation in the hopes of neutralizing the danger. Skye (Chloe Benne), the rogue-hacker-turned-S.H.I.E.L.D. consultant, isn’t as warmly welcomed by the more rigid Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) and Melissa May (Ming-Na Wen) as their superior, who gives her a tour of “the Bus” aka their mobile headquarters.

Once they all arrive at the site of the as-of-yet unidentified “0-8-4”, the team locates the unidentified object wedged between rocks in an Incan pyramid. Though it had been speculated that the “0-8-4” could be alien in origin, Fitz (Ian De Caestecker) – one half of the quirky British duo “FitzSimmons” – voices his belief that the design on the device looks as though it could be from Germany.

In the field, Grant and Melinda, who was reluctant to get her hands dirty in battle, are all business fighting off a few attacking soldiers. The two prove a fearsome twosome despite having reservations about their new team member and the mission itself. Their success against the assailants was almost put to an end when more arrived, but their relieved when Coulson makes a power play in chatting up his old pal that now serves as a Peruvian army commander.


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While Coulson and Reyes, the Peruvian commander, continue a semi-flirtatious conversation, the techies attempt to analyze the 0-8-4 in a moment of calm. When soldiers reemerge, Ward and May manage to get everyone back onto the Bus and out of danger. Thankfully, Fitz was able to gather some information about the mysterious object before they had to flee. As it turns out, the “0-8-4” turns out to be connected to the Tesseract – a device that emits gamma radiation and is far worse that the worst nuclear bomb discovered by Nazis.

For a moment it seems like the S.H.I.E.L.D. team won’t be able to put their heads together to complete the mission successfully. Sky’s is frustrated that Ward is still intent on distrusting her, while Ward seems generally ill equipped to work with anyone beside himself. Fitz, accustomed to being safe and sound in a lab somewhere, isn’t quite sure that the field is for him. Thankfully for Peru, the squad realizes it’s in their best interest to put their problems behind them.

Despite working out their internal issues, the group finds itself in a difficult predicament when Reyes' men manage to neutralize May, Fitz and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) before Ward and Coulson can tell them not to sip the drink being served. Coulson, the lone agent not handcuffed and stuck in the hangar bay, tries to get Reyes to reverse her orders. Reyes, however, is determined to get her hands on the HYDRA weapon first, and needs to get her soldiers past S.H.I.E.L.D.’s security.

Fitz and Simmons get to work activating one of their robot hover-devices to set off the 0-8-4 so it would blast a hole through the hangar and give them an escape. They try to save the Peruvian soldiers as well, but only manage to save Commander Reyes. Skye helps the mission by plugging up the hole in the Bus with a flotation device.

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At a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base, the team unwinds with some beers as the 0-8-4 gets blasted into the sun, never to inflict the threat of unheard of damage again. Skye, who was just beginning to earn the trust of the team, gets a mysterious text to which she replies, “I’m in.” Coulson, who led a mission that resulted in a wrecked mobile HQ, gets an ear full from Nick Fury, as Samuel Jackson stopped by for a cameo appearance.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays on ABC at 8/7c.

– Chelsea Regan

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